Cineplex Cinemas is bringing Vancouverites an entirely new movie theatre experience at the soon-to-open location at Marine Gateway, and it's sure to revolutionize the old dinner-and-a-movie date.
The theatre is still under construction and won't officially open until March 4, but today the Straight got a sneak peek at the 56,588-square-foot facility, located at 452 SW Marine Drive, next to the Marine Drive Canada Line station.
It boasts a total of 11 auditoriums (1,900 theatre seats), plus a full kitchen and lounge--solving the question that so many dinner-and-a-movie goers often struggle with: "Where should we eat?"
Well, you can now do it all under one roof.
Eight traditional auditoriums can be found on the facility's lower floor, and each seats anywhere from 96 to 364 guests at a time. The largest theatre offers guests the opportunity to indulge in the UltraAVX experience, which includes a wall-to-wall screen (the largest in the complex), Dolby Atmos surround sound, upgraded seats, and reserved seating.
The UltraAVX theatre also features two rows of D-Box motion seats, which move and vibrate in response to on-screen action.
Moviegoers will also find an interactive gaming arcade, a concession offering movie fare favourites like popcorn, candy, and softdrinks, as well as an Outtakes Backstage Bistro and a Yo-Yo's Yogurt Cafe on the facility's lower floor. Like other Cineplex theatres, there's also a room dedicated to children's birthday parties.
The real magic begins on the facility's upper floor, where guests will find three VIP auditoriums, each holding either 114 or 123 guests. Gone are the days of little-to-no legroom and uncomfortable seats: moviegoers can literally sit back and relax in reclinable leather seats while they are waited on by movie theatre staff. (Food will be served before the movie, but service stops once the movie begins).
Menu options include appetizers like ceviche, nachos, chicken wings, and charcuterie boards. Mains and burger platters like the chipotle chicken club wrap, spicy jalepeño burger, or pulled pork sandwich are reasonably priced between $12 and $14. Flatbreads and salads are priced similarly, ranging from $12 to $15.
Those that aren't interested in eating at their seats can also enjoy a meal and drinks before or after the show in the VIP lounge and seating area. Another reason to upgrade to the VIP experience? The upper floor is restricted to adults over the age of 19, so your movie won't be interrupted by screaming children.
"It's really an upgraded experience. We're giving people an upgraded experience, and we're making it more comfortable for them," said Jason de Courcy, VP of operations for Cineplex Entertainment in Western Canada. "Each theatre we have has it's own character, and this one is pretty special." The location features floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as an outdoor patio for dining.
Tickets will vary in price depending on added features like VIP or UltraAVX. While prices haven't been locked down at this particular location just yet, de Courcy says a VIP movie experience will cost around $25.